November 2011

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La Dea statue

A Goddess Goes Home

Following years of haggling over its provenance, a celebrated statue once identified as Aphrodite, has returned to Italy

Francesco Rutelli

Acquisition Guidelines

George Catlin Niagara Falls

Go With the Flow

A new exhibition of American wonders underscores the debt our country owes to its waterways

Christians and Muslims in Cairo


The toppling of Egypt's government has led to a renewal of violence against the nation's Christian minority

Black rhino in Kenya

Defending the Rhino

As demand for rhino horn soars, police and conservationists in South Africa pit technology against increasingly sophisticated poachers

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai Gets Supersized

Boasting 200 skyscrapers, China's financial capital has grown like no other city on earth – and shows few signs of stopping

International Potato Center

The Eyes Have It

Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture


From the Editor

Comings and Goings

To every thing there is a season



Readers Respond to the September Issue

Indelible Images

The Man Behind the Mask

The "dedicated amateur" photographer had a strange way of getting his subjects to reveal themselves

My Kind of Town

Plains Speaking

The college city's big sky and endless farmland gave this New Yorker some fresh perspective

This Month in History

November Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

The Civil War

Flare-Ups - November 1861

As Union generals came and left, personalities clashed and Southern farmers set fire to their fields

From the Castle

Simple Pleasures

Around the Mall


Smithsonian researchers join an international effort to bring the five-foot-tall bird back from the brink of extinction

The Object at Hand

Swan Song

The final voyage of a World War II biplane evokes the exploits of the legendary fighting force

What's Up

What's Up

The Last Page

Guess Who Came to Dinner

A table for one can be the best seat in the house